Brutal child rapist surrenders to police
Germany

Brutal child rapist surrenders to police

A German man suspected of brutally raping children has surrendered to police after they went public with their search.

Pechstein blames lab for failed doping test
Germany

Pechstein blames lab for failed doping test

German speedskating star Claudia Pechstein, whose bid to compete in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver has been hit by a two-year ban for blood doping, on Thursday blamed a lab error for her failed drugs test.

Mucky mating mayflies block Bavarian bridge
Germany

Mucky mating mayflies block Bavarian bridge

Police were forced to close a bridge in the Bavarian town Schwandorf overnight to clean up millions of dead mayflies that created a dangerous slime after their yearly mating frenzy.

What’s on in Germany: August 6 – 12
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: A rock festival invades Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, Roman gods fill a hall in Dresden, and summertime revellers splash through the fountain at Frankfurt's opera house.

Gripen plane catches fire on runway
Sweden

Gripen plane catches fire on runway

A JAS Gripen fighter plane caught fire after an emergency landing at Kallinge airport in southeastern Sweden at 2.30pm on Thursday. The pilot escaped unharmed and was able to make his own way out of the burning plane.

Industrial orders climb in June
Germany

Industrial orders climb in June

Perhaps heralding improving prospects for Germany's export-led economy in the second half of the year, industrial orders surged in June.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad lacks true legitimacy
Germany

Iran’s Ahmadinejad lacks true legitimacy

Germany and Europe must keep pressure on Iran despite the official inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week, urges Green party MP Kerstin Müller.

Hidden girl’s parents lied to school officials
Germany

Hidden girl’s parents lied to school officials

Lübbenow authorities said Thursday that the parents of the 13-year-old girl hidden in their home for years had lied to public school officials about plans to put her in a private school.

Commerzbank posts heavy Q2 loss
Germany

Commerzbank posts heavy Q2 loss

Commerzbank reported a sharp second-quarter loss on Thursday and raised bad loan provisions, while working on integrating the loss-making Dresdner Bank.

What’s on in Sweden: August 7 -13
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 7 -13

What's on in Sweden: Culture Festival and new circus in Stockholm; International jazz festival in Gothenburg; Soha (Fr/DZ) & Festival for Gaza in Malmö

Scientology cases Berlin schools for vague project
Germany

Scientology cases Berlin schools for vague project

The Church of Scientology is targeting Berlin and Brandenburg schools for a vague fact-finding mission, sending more than 500 letters to various institutions in recent weeks, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

Preschools warned of paedophile blogger
Sweden

Preschools warned of paedophile blogger

The discovery of a blog about naked children and life as an employee at a Stockholm preschool has led city officials to take action.

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Sweden

Presidency condemns Iran executions

Following a series of EU criticisms regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions and human rights practices, the Swedish EU presidency has spoken out against Iran's recent execution of 24 people by hanging.

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Sweden

Police car runs over 14-year-old

A police vehicle ran over a 14-year-old boy in Karlskrona in southeastern Sweden on Wednesday night as the boy was fleeing the scene of a robbery.

Bird-chasing guards rip palace painting with bamboo sticks
Sweden

Bird-chasing guards rip palace painting with bamboo sticks

Bamboo-wielding guards at the royal palace in Stockholm have damaged a portrait of the first Bernadotte king while in hot pursuit of a renegade jackdaw, TV4 reports.

Chinese firm close to Volvo Cars bid: report
Sweden

Chinese firm close to Volvo Cars bid: report

Chinese automaker Geely is putting the finishing touches to a bid to become a majority owner of Volvo Cars as head of a consortium that will also include an undisclosed Swedish investor, Swedish business daily Dagens Industri reports.

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Sweden

Swedish firms battle to stay afloat

The number of Swedish businesses going bankrupt continues to grow. In July, 480 businesses went into liquidation, 131 more than in the same month last year, writes credit bureau UC in its monthly report.

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Sweden

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Sweden

ADHD common among adopted kids: study

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is much more common among children adopted from abroad than among those born in Sweden. Those at highest risk for the disorder have been adopted from Eastern Europe, according to a new study.

Relative arrested over murder of 19-year-old
Sweden

Relative arrested over murder of 19-year-old

A family member has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman found dead at her family farm on Monday night, police revealed on Thursday morning.

Politicians irked by more car scrapping premium fraud
Germany

Politicians irked by more car scrapping premium fraud

Politicians are calling for tighter controls after further reports of criminal misuse of Germany’s "cash for clunkers" car scrapping premium emerged this week.

Polar bear Knut gets Italian girlfriend
Germany

Polar bear Knut gets Italian girlfriend

The Berlin Zoo’s famous polar bear Knut will be getting an Italian girlfriend from Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

Ribery’s injury prevents joining start to Bundesliga season
Germany

Ribery’s injury prevents joining start to Bundesliga season

Bayern Munich's French star Franck Ribery is injured and will more than likely miss his team's start in the new Bundesliga season, the home fixture on August 8 at the Allianz Arena against Hoffenheim.

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Sweden

Doctors miss fist-sized brain tumour

A Swedish woman has reported four physicians to a national body that assesses medical negligence after they missed a brain tumour the size of a fist.

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Sweden

European court halts childrens’ deportation

The European Court of Human Rights (Europadomstolen) has temporarily prevented the deportation of four Serbian children from Sweden after their mother was sentenced to eight years in prison as an accessory to the murder of their father, reported Söderhamns-Kuriren newspaper.